Loss of Steering Possible
Suspension & Steering, May 13, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The ability to steer the vehicle may unexpectedly be lost due to a failure inside the steering column.
What Should You Do?
Subaru began notifying owners of affected vehicles on May 15, 2013. If you have any concern with your steering, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have please contact your dealer for instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Subaru recall number is WQI-45.
The steering column contains several components that work together to transmit the rotating motion of the steering wheel to the steering rack. These vehicles are being recalled because the inner and outer shafts of the steering column may separate from each other. If this were to occur the driver would not be able to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering column assembly to correct this concern.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 13, 2013
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly may become disengaged from one another.
If the shafts become disengaged, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or before, May 15, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQI-45.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration